Strange American custom unheard of; taking off the monday after easter from work.
Don't the Orthodox in Pittsburgh (you know, that city that's in a world of its own) take the day off to celebrate Bright Monday with Divine Liturgy and a parish picnic?
I dunno. I can find out. Probably. There is always a reason for a parish dinner. You know the PA custom that if you die during bright week you go straight to Heaven, that's why they keep the royal doors open.
No pun intended, that is a true belief.
I've heard the same thing...only not just Bright Week, but, during the 40 days after Pascha.
Just out of curiosity, I've always wondered about that belief in Orthodoxy. Does that mean that a totally unrepentant sinner, an atheistic mass murderer who dies during Holy Week, on Pascha, or during Bright Week, or the 40 days after Pascha (which is it, guys??) goes straight to Heaven? Or is this just a "pious belief"?
No. It's a Canon of the Eighth Ecumenical Council.
Which canon? (Do let me know if you find it, okay? )
And what about the case of the unrepentant sinner?
*This* Canon IV--CANON 4
"Summary. Photius was never bishop, hence those ordained by him must be deposed.
Text. We declare that Photius never was bishop nor is now and that those ordained or promoted by him may not retain the dignity to which he raised them; furthermore, that those elevated by him through the solemn rite of benediction to the office of superiors (of monasteries) shall be deposed," and that the churches consecrated and altars erected by him or by bishops ordained by him, must be consecrated and erected anew. " ??
Funny, I don't see anything about dying during Holy Week/Pascha/Bright Week, etc. Hmmm......
No, that's the fourth canon from what the Latins consider the Eighth Oecumenical Council.
Oh my...Silly me. But he *did* say the Eighth Ecumenical Council (Constantinople IV, 869-70), didn't he? That's the only one I know of that goes by "Eighth Ecumenical Council" (your use of the "O" is redundant--or at least unecessary).
For those Orthodox who believe that some of the Councils after Nicea II are oecumenical (I know it's unnecessary, just personal preference...old habits die hard ), they usually refer to Fourth Council of Constantinople held in Hagia Sophia between 879 and 880 to be the Eighth Council (though, of course, councils after the 7th are not universally accepted as oecumenical).
Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh............................So he means Canon IV of the Council of <#>#$! which is considered by all to be the Eighth Ecumenical Council convened by ## ## the First held (or...was it? Hmm...) at Buildenopolis in Lower Grandozia. (I think that's actually a suburb of Pittsburgh.) That one, right? Got it!
That's the one, but not sure if you got it.
Faith, my brother. Faith. That's how you can be sure.
Nah, maybe for some things, but not to answer this question. I hate to do all your homework for you, but here's a link to the canons of the council:
The statement listed as "4" (is it canon IV?) of the holy regional Council which assembled in Carthage in the year 418 or 419 that I see says: "4. It is decided that Bishops, Presbyters, and Deacons, and all men who handle sacred articles, being guardians of sobriety, must abstain from women.
(Ap. c. V; cc. XII, XIII, XXX, XLVIII of the 6th; c. IV of Gangra; cc. Ill, XIII, XXXIII of Carthage.)."
However, does the Orthodox Church follow this sacred canon IV?
I don't see the canon IV that says everyone will be automatically saved if they die during Holy Week?